PAIN MANAGEMENT

"Where there is pain there is stagnation, when there is stagnation there is pain" ~ Chinese proverb

 

Acupuncture uses a holistic and systemic approach to treating pain, by treating the root cause of pain as well as the presenting symptoms.  It offers a safe and drug free alternative to pain management, but the ultimate aim is to completely resolve the pain after a course of treatment.  I will often incorporate moxa, Tui na (Chinese medical massage), cupping and acupressure into my treatments.

  • Moxibustion is the application of indirect heat using moxa (a therapeutic Chinese herb) to warm energy meridians and relax muscles.
  • Tui na (Chinese medical massage) is used to relieve muscle tension, stimulate acupressure points, open energy meridians and stimulate the flow of Qi.
  • Cupping is where glass or plastic cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant Qi.
  • A TDP heat lamp is often used in treatments to help with local pain relief.    TDP (Teding Diancibo Pu, which translates as ‘special electromagnetic spectrum’) produce heat through thermo-electromagnetic waves via a special ‘black’ magnetic emission plate.  Based on traditional beliefs, we understand that the lamps promote local circulation, ease pain and therefore speed up your recovery. 

Stimulating the acupuncture points along the meridians using any of these methods acts to balance the Qi, which in turn reduces inflammation, alleviates pain, activates the immune system, releases endorphins, relaxes stiff muscles and calms the mind.

Although Western science has neither proven nor accepted the notion of Qi, there is a large body of evidence indicating that acupuncture leads to real physiological changes in the body. It can have a profound effect on a number of conditions and can be used anaesthetically.

Numerous studies have shown, for example, that inserting needles into the skin stimulates nerves in the underlying muscles. Researchers suggest that this stimulation sends impulses up the spinal cord to a relatively primitive part of the brain known as the limbic system, as well as to the midbrain and the pituitary gland. That signalling leads to the release of endorphins and monoamine - chemicals that block pain signals in the spinal cord and brain.

WHAT IS TUI NA ?

Tui na (“twee nah”) meaning “push pluck” is a Chinese medical massage based on the principles of Traditional Chinese medicine. The term Tui Na was first seen during the Ming Dynasty.  It releases muscle tension to increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s own healing processes.  As a therapeutic approach, it was first used to treat children.  Today, Tui na has become very advanced in its treatment for many diseases. It is used in many of the hospitals in China today - in the front line of healthcare, whereas in the West patients often come to us as a last resort.  It is suitable for both children and adults, as a general massage or for treatment of pain and injury.

Where there has been trauma or injury to the muscles, Tui na breaks down scar tissue and adhesions.  Tui na is performed with the patient fully clothed and covered by a cotton sheet which increases the practitioners sensitivity, easily identifying the areas requiring treatment. It is wonderfully relaxing and invigorating experience.

Tui Na is a very important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and an extremely useful tool in my toolbox.

WHAT MY PATIENTS SAY
Frozen Shoulder

“There’s been a miraculous improvement on my frozen shoulder – no more pain, the range of movement is back to normal and as a bonus, I’m sleeping through the night for the first time in years.” Nick, York

Migraines

"I have suffered from both headaches and really bad migraines for as long as I can remember. I had just one Tui na session 6 weeks ago and have not have a single migraine since!  I can't understand it. Tui na is amazing!"  Jerica, Boroughbridge

Plantar Fasciitis

"Thank you for such wonderful care of me and my feet.  Your kind and skilful and intuitive care has enabled me to move from a place of almost constant discomfort to one of much greater ease and relief.  Your holistic approach has made such a difference to my everyday experience of being 'on my feet'.  For the first time in 3 years I feel that I may finally get this condition under control.  Thanks you again for your exceptional care." LP, York